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Several NHL prospects set to hit the ice at JLA this weekend

by Rick Bowness / Detroit Red Wings
The 2012 CCHA Championship gets underway on Friday afternoon in Detroit, with four talent-laden college hockey squads – Michigan, Bowling Green State, Western Michigan and Miami University – set to hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena all looking to capture the Mason Cup. Staged at JLA annually since 1982, this event has produced no shortage dramatic moments over the years as well as several memorable performances from student-athletes who’ve gone on to skate in the National Hockey League.


Current NHL stars such as Ryan Kesler (Vancouver Canucks), Mike Cammalleri (Calgary Flames) Ryan Miller (Buffalo Sabres), all previously competed at this high-profile event, as did Detroit Red Wings forwards Drew Miller and Justin Abdelkader. Nearly two dozen players already drafted into the NHL will be appearing at The Joe this weekend, including Toronto Maple Leafs first-rounder Tyler Biggs (University of Miami). Freshman Michigan winger Phillip Di Giuseppe, meanwhile, is presently the top-ranked CCHA player in anticipation of this year’s entry draft, scheduled to be staged on June 22–23 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

A full list of NHL prospects set to compete at this weekend’s tournament can be found below:

Chase Balisy, Forward – BRONCOS
Selected by Nashville Predators round 6 #170 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mac Bennett, Defenseman – WOLVERINES
Selected by Montreal Canadiens round 3 #79 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft

Tyler Biggs, Forward – REDHAWKS
Selected by Toronto Maple Leafs round 1 #22 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Chris Brown, Forward – WOLVERINES
Selected by Phoenix Coyotes round 2 #36 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft

Blake Coleman, Forward – REDHAWKS
Selected by New Jersey Devils round 3 #75 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Alex Guptill, Forward – WOLVERINES
Selected by Dallas Stars round 3 #77 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft

Garrett Haar, Defenseman – BRONCOS
Selected by Washington Capitals round 7 #207 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Zach Hyman, Forward – WOLVERINES
Selected by Florida Panthers round 5 #123 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft

Connor Knapp, Goalie – REDHAWKS
Selected by Buffalo Sabres round 6 #164 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft

Kevin Lynch, Forward – WOLVERINES
Selected by Columbus Blue Jackets round 2 #56 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft

Curtis McKenzie, Forward – REDHAWKS
Selected by Dallas Stars round 6 #159 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft

Jon Merrill, Defenseman – WOLVERINES
Selected by New Jersey Devils round 2 #38 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft

Luke Moffatt, Forward – WOLVERINES
Selected by Colorado Avalanche round 7 #197 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft

Lee Moffie Defenseman – WOLVERINES
Selected by San Jose Sharks round 7 #188 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft

Jimmy Mullin, Forward – REDHAWKS
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning round 4 #118 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft

*Greg Pateryn, Defenseman – WOLVERINES
Selected by Toronto Maple Leafs round 5 #128 overall 2008 NHL Entry Draft

Brennan Serville, Defenseman – WOLVERINES
Selected by Winnipeg Jets round 3 #78 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Reilly Smith, Forward – REDHAWKS
Selected by Dallas Stars round 3 #69 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft

Trent Vogelhuber, Forward – REDHAWKS
Selected by Columbus Blue Jackets round 7 #211 overall 2007 NHL Entry Draft

Will Weber, Defenseman – REDHAWKS
Selected by Columbus Blue Jackets round 2 #53 overall 2007 NHL Entry Draft

David Wohlberg, Forward – WOLVERINES
Selected by New Jersey Devils round 6 #172 overall 2008 NHL Entry Draft

Chris Wideman, Defenseman – REDHAWKS
Selected by Ottawa Senators round 4 #100 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft

Luke Witkowski, Defenseman -– BRONCOS
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning round 6 #160 overall 2008 NHL Entry Draft


* July 3, 2008: The Montreal Canadiens trade Mikhail Grabovski to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Greg Pateryn and a 2nd round selection in 2010

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